MSA  Vol.8 No.2 , February 2017
The Effect of Tin on PECVD-Deposited Germanium Sulfide Thin Films for Resistive RAM Devices
Abstract: Resistive RAM is a promising, relatively new type of memory with fast switching characteristics. Metal chalcogenide films have been used as the amorphous semiconductor layer in these types of devices. The amount of crystallinity present in the films may be important for both reliable operation and increased longevity of the devices. Germanium sulfide films can be used for these devices, and a possible way to tune the crystalline content of the films is by substituting Sn for some of the Ge atoms in the film. Thin films of GexSnySz containing varying amounts of tin were deposited in a plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition reactor. Films with 2%, 8%, 15%, 26%, and 34% atomic percentage Sn were deposited to determine crystallinity and structural information with XRD and Raman spectroscopy. Based on these depositions it was determined that at about 8% Sn content and below, the films were largely amorphous, and at about 26% Sn and above, they appeared to be largely crystalline. At 15% Sn composition, which is between 8% and 26%, the film is more a mixture of the two phases. Based on this information, current-voltage (IV) curves of simple memory switching devices were constructed at 5% Sn (in the amorphous region), at 25% Sn (in the crystalline region), and at 15% (in the mixed region). Based on the IV curves from these devices, the 15% composition gave the best overall switching behavior suggesting that a certain degree of order in the semiconductor layer is important for RRAM devices.
Cite this paper: Rodriguez, R. , Poulter, B. , Gonzalez, M. , Ali, F. , Lau, L. and Mangun, M. (2017) The Effect of Tin on PECVD-Deposited Germanium Sulfide Thin Films for Resistive RAM Devices. Materials Sciences and Applications, 8, 188-196. doi: 10.4236/msa.2017.82012.

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